Ohio was once the epicenter for many classic eastern and Midwestern
railroads as all kinds of famous lines could found in the state. If you
are interested in Ohio railroad jobs the state is still home to more
than 6,000 route miles of track today. For instance, Class Is Canadian
Railway, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern Railway all operate
in the state along with Class IIs Indiana & Ohio Railway and
Wheeling & Lake Erie. Additionally, Ohio is home to numerous
shortlines along with Amtrak. In terms of what the state contributes
from a freight standpoint, it is well diversified from ore and coal to
metals, argicultural products, and other traffic. To search for Ohio jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
Conrail GP40 #3268 and U23B #2722 ease their train through Stanley Yard in Walbridge, Ohio during December of 1983.
you are interested in becoming a railroader my first advice would be to
take the time and really learn the inner details about the industry
before diving into a career as such. This is simply to give you a heads
up about what to expect if you are unfamiliar with railroads, or at
least what a job working for one
is like. On Class Is, especially, 12-hour work days are almost normal
and days off are often unusual. While smaller regional and shortline
railroads do offer a better schedule, Class Is offer unmatched pay,
benefits, and retirement. For instance, engineers can easily clip an annual salary at, or over, six-digits.
Overall, it comes down to whether you feel the pay is worth the time
away from home and family as railroading is not for everyone. Please keep in mind that while I try to
keep this information as updated as possible I cannot guarantee that it
is always entirely accurate. In any event, if you are pursuing a
bachelors or advanced degree in the field of business, management, or
related subject (such as economics or accounting), you might want to
take the time to peruse the programs some Class Is have to offer, which include internships and graduate
programs. Please note, while many railroads do have websites or web pages, they are not included here. However, by doing a quick search you can find their site on the web.
Short Lines And Regionals
Indiana & Ohio Railway: The I&O is now part of Genesee & Wyoming's large family of railroads and operates through Ohio,
mostly west of Columbus. Overall the company owns nearly 600 miles of
unconnected lines and interchanges with all of Ohio's Class I railroads. Please visit G&W's website for career information.
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway: The W&LE dates back to the
1870s, originally envisioned to serve Lake Erie ports with the coal
fields of northern West Virginia, northeastern Ohio, and northwestern
Pennsylvania. The original company was dissolved by Norfolk Southern in
1989 but was reborn a year later when the Class I spun off almost all
of the original W&LE, Pittsburgh & West Virginia, and Akron,
Canton & Youngstown trackage giving the new Wheeling & Lake Erie
nearly 600 miles of wholly owned property. Today, with trackage rights
the W&LE operates nearly 1,000 miles of railroad and connects with
all of Ohio's Class Is and a number of smaller lines. The W&LE is independently-owned and you can find employment information via their website.
It's the early CSX era and lots of different paint schemes are now converging at the Chessie System's former Queensgate Yard in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 28, 1987.
Ann Arbor Railroad: This historic short line, now a Watco property, dates back to the
late 19th century and its peak connected Toledo with Frankfort,
Michigan. However, today, the reborn Ann Arbor system only runs between Ann
Arbor and Toledo. Please visit Watco's website for career information.
Ashland Railway: This short line operates two lines radiating
northward from Mansfield, with one reaching West Salem and the other
serving Willard. Overall, the railroad operates nearly 60 miles of
track. Please visit the company's website for contact information.
Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Railroad: This six-mile
shortline serves the area around Jefferson and also provides summertime
excursions for the public. The AC&J maintains a small website where you may find contact information.
Camp Chase Industrial Railroad: This terminal railroad serves
western Columbus, switching a number of industries in the area. It is owned by owned by Carload Express, Inc. Please visit their website for job information.
Central Railroad of Indiana: This short line, owned by G&W, is mostly situated in southeastern Indiana although it also
reaches Cincinnati. Overall the railroad operates nearly 100 miles of
Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad: The CFW&E is yet
another G&W short line operating over 300 miles of railroad in
northern Indiana and Ohio connecting Tolleston (near Chicago) with
Cleveland Commercial Railroad: This small short line serves
industries near the city of Cleveland. To contact the company; 7632
Bond Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44139-5351.
Cleveland Harbor Belt: This terminal road also operates in along the lakefront serving the Port of Cleveland, utilizing about 1 total mile of track. The road began operations on August 1, 2012. Known contact information is not available.
Columbus & Ohio River Rail Road: This large short line, a G&W property, serves
central and eastern Ohio operating nearly 250 miles of track between
Mingo Junction at the border of West Virginia with Columbus.
Flats Industrial Railroad: The Flats Industrial Railroad, which
has been in operation since 1996, also serves the industries surrounding
Cleveland. To contact the company; 1757 Columbus Road, Cleveland, Ohio
Indiana Eastern Railroad: The Indiana Eastern Railroad operates former
C&O trackage between Richmond, Indiana and Fernald, Ohio with a
connection to both CSX and Norfolk Southern. Please visit the company's website for contact information.
Indiana Northeastern Railroad: The Indiana Northeastern
Railroad has been in operation since 1992 and today serves the corners
of three states; Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The railroad connects to
Norfolk Southern in Montpelier, Ohio and operates a system covering
about 120 miles. The independently-owned railroad maintains its own website.
Lake Terminal Railroad: This short line is a Transtar property
and operates a switching railroad serving industries located near Lorain
based along Lake Erie. For job information please contact Transtar.
Mahoning Valley Railway: This railroad is owned by Genesee &
Wyoming and operates just a short, six-mile section of track near
Youngstown with connections to both CSX and NS.
Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad: This historic short line between
Woodburn, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio but today only reaches as far east as
Liberty. It is now a Pioneer RailCorp subsidiary (one of many); please visit their website regarding employment with the company.
Newburgh & South Shore Railroad: This historic railroad, now
an OmniTRAX company, once served the steel mills located near
Cleveland. However, today, it operates about five miles of track
hauling a wide range of freight (including steel). OmniTRAX operates several short lines across the country; please visit their website regarding job opportunities.
Northern Ohio & Western Railway: The NO&W is another
OmniTRAX property operating 25 miles of railroad between Tiffin and
Woodville with connections to both CSX and NS.
Ohi-Rail Corporation: This small, independently-owned short line operates former New
York Central branch lines between Minerva and Hopedale with connections
to Norfolk Southern, W&LE. For information regarding job openings please visit their website.
Ohio Southern Railroad: Another Genesee & Wyoming shortline
the railroad connects Zanesville with New Lexington and Glenford. The
company has interchanges with both CSX and Norfolk Southern.
Republic N&T Railroad: This short line has been in operation
and leases trackage owned by Norfolk Southern near Canton. To contact
the company; 2633 8th Street Northeast, Canton, Ohio 44704-2311.
R.J. Corman Railroad - Western Ohio Lines: RJ Corman operates a variety of
rail-related businesses, including shortlines. It currently owns to
lines in Ohio including a 55-mile section between Warwick and
Uhrichsville, and another 51-mile section between Lima and Portland,
Indiana. Please visit the company's website for career information.
US Rail Corporation: US Rail operates several shortlines in the
eastern United States, including three lines in Ohio near Cleveland,
Jackson, and Hamilton. Visit their website for job opportunities.
Warren & Trumbull Railroad: The W&T is another Genesee
& Wyoming shortline, that operates just four miles of track east of
Warren with connections to both CSX and Norfolk Southern.
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie MP15DCs #1594 and #1591 ease through the Center Street interlocking at Youngstown, Ohio performing regular switching chores while a Conrail freight waits for the main to clear on June 26, 1983.
Youngstown & Austintown Railroad: Another Genesee property,
the Y&A is also quite small operating just five miles near
Youngstown and also connecting to both NS and CSX.
Youngstown Belt Railroad: This short line is Genesee &
Wyoming's largest in northeast Ohio operating 13 miles of railroad
between Ravenna and Youngstown with connections to several railroads
including NS and CSX.
Youngstown & Southeastern Railroad: The Y&S is owned by
the Indiana Boxcar Corporation and has been in operation since 2006
running between Youngstown, Ohio and Darlington, Pennsylvania. Please visit Indiana Boxcar's website for contact information.